Cuban Filmmaker Marilyn Solaya to Screen “In the Wrong Body”

Oct. 7, 2013 — Cuban filmmaker Marilyn Solaya will screen her documentary film “In the Wrong Body” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16 in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at Allegheny College. The screening is free and open to the public.

“In the Wrong Body” tells the story of Mavi Susel, who in 1988 underwent Cuba’s first gender reassignment operation. The film explores the meaning of femininity in the macho and patriarchal society of Cuba, where many stereotypes and prejudices still exist.

In addition to the screening, Solaya will speak on issues regarding the role of gender in Cuban society, both from a historical and a feminist perspective, what it means to be a feminist filmmaker in contemporary Cuba, and her vision for women filmmakers in Cuba.

The screening at Allegheny is part of the Americas Media Initiative National Tour of “In the Wrong Body.”